8.286 The Early Universe
Introduction to modern cosmology. First half deals with the development of the big bang theory from 1915 to 1980, and latter half with recent impact of particle theory. Topics: special relativity and the Doppler effect, Newtonian cosmological models, introduction to non-Euclidean spaces, thermal radiation and early history of the universe, big bang nucleosynthesis, introduction to grand unified theories and other recent developments in particle theory, baryogenesis, the inflationary universe model, and the evolution of galactic structure.
8.286 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Fall semester, and will be instructed by A. Guth.
Lecture occurs 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays in 4-231.
This class counts for a total of 12 credits.
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